Masterpieces from the royal collection leave Buckingham Palace for the first time

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The paintings of the great masters from the royal collection of Buckingham Palace will be presented to the general public for the first time in 200 years. During the renovation, 65 pieces from the Royal Collection, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, will be on display at the Royal Gallery.

Thanks to a major renovation at Buckingham Palace in London, pieces from the personal collection of the British royal family, many of which have never been exhibited in the museum before, will be on display this year.

The exhibition at the Royal Gallery, which opens in December and runs until January 2022, will include 65 works from the royal collection, including drawings by Titian and The Music Lesson (1662-1665) by Vermeer.

Masterpieces from the royal collection leave Buckingham Palace for the first time
Johannes Vermeer, Music lesson. 1662-1665

The works of art are among the 10,000 items from the royal collection carried over during a major renovation of the 18th-century palace, which is reported to cost £ 369 million. Among the most interesting exhibits of the exhibition is Portrait of the shipbuilder Jan Eriksen with his wife Greta Jans (1663) by Rembrandt.

Masterpieces from the royal collection leave Buckingham Palace for the first time
Rembrandt van Rijn. Portrait of the shipbuilder Jan Eriksen with his wife Greta Jans, 1633

The royal collection includes about 7 thousand paintings, 500 thousand works of printed graphics, and 30 thousand watercolors and drawings. Together with photography, ceramics, sculpture, manuscripts, and crown treasures, the collection is valued at £ 10 billion.

Although the core of the art collection consists of works by old masters and art created before the twentieth century, in recent years, works by post-war and contemporary artists, including Anish Kapoor and Andy Warhol, have been acquired there.

The Royal Gallery is located in the west outbuilding of Buckingham Palace and can be accessed by those who purchase tickets for a tour of the residence of the British monarchs. As the curator of the royal paintings Desmond Shaw-Taylor noted, this is the only opportunity to see firsthand the pearls of fine art.

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